Turn 3 Motorsports James Roe scored some of his best results of the 2021 Indy Pro 2000 season at New Jersey Motorsports Park over the weekend. The Irishman secured his best qualifying performance on a road course starting race 1 from fourth place on the grid and in the race itself, Roe had a really strong event staying out of trouble to score his best road course race result of sixth place up until that point.
In race 2, Roe was left disappointed as he was forced to pit for repairs as the rain fell and ended the event four laps down in tenth place. In race three, however, Roe bounced back starting the race from tenth place but quickly moved up the field to seventh within a number of laps and by the time the race ended, James found himself crossing the finish line in fourth place and speaking following the action he commented saying:
I’m happy with the weekend overall. “To come away with another top four finish the second weekend in a row was really positive for us. We worked really hard on the car throughout practice and brought it on a lot, then we qualified on the second row for Race 1 which was great. In Qualifying 2, we played the long game, and I laid it all down on the last lap. It was about to pay off as I was on a lap good enough for pole position by almost a second, but then I over cooked it and ended up P8, so I’m still hurting from that mistake. It was a weekend of ‘what could have been’ in many ways, but we still had some really good results, so I’m very happy. Massive thanks to the team for giving me the tools to get the job done.
Turn 3 Motorsports Team Owner Peter Dempsey commented on Roe’s race saying:
The event at New Jersey Motorsports Park was certainly one of James’ strongest road course performances of the season. “Being his first time there in Indy Pro 2000 and not having raced there last year, he had a bigger task ahead of him compared to his competitors. He really worked hard through the practice sessions to get him in a great spot for qualifying and did a very good job in Q1 to put the car on the second row of the grid. It’s the closest he’s been to the leaders all season on a road course. Race 1 was a solid job to finish P6 and bring the car home.”
“Q2 was wet, and James has had very little time in the car in the rain. “We did a good job to put him in the position for pole, but unfortunately, he came up short. This made the last two races difficult having to start P8 and P10 but again, he did a nice job in Race 3 capturing his best finish of the year. We’ll go back to Mid-Ohio stronger than we were a few weeks ago. James has come a long way over the past couple of events, and we are excited to finish out the season strong.